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Ballon d'Or: DJ Martin Solveig sorry for Ada Hegerberg 'twerk' question

06 December, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Ada Hegerberg reacts after being asked to twerk by DJ Martin Solveig during the Ballon d\'Or ceremony in Paris

The look on Kylian Mbappe's face said it all.

After a huge backlash to Solveig online, the DJ gave a freakish explanation and apology to social media.

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named victor of the 2018 Ballon d'Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the prestigious award.

Imagine the honour of being crowned the inaugural women's victor of soccer's top individual prize - the Ballon d'Or for player of the year.

Hegerberg slammed the door shut on her global career in the wake of Norway's desperate showing at last year's European Championship in the Netherlands, when they finished bottom of their group and failed to score a single goal.

Murray has been a staunch supporter of equality in tennis, too. "It wasn't", he wrote. "It wasn't. I've been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal". "I didn't really consider it a sexual harassment or anything in the moment", she said.

"He (Solveig) came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I get to dance and celebrate winning the Ballon d'or to be honest".

Ada Hegerberg plays for Lyon against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women\'s Champions League Final in Kiev Ukraine on May 24
Ada Hegerberg plays for Lyon against Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women\'s Champions League Final in Kiev Ukraine on May

The 42-year-old posted a video apology, claiming he was "astonished" at the reaction, called his words a "joke.and probably a bad one" and that Hegerberg had taken it as such, as well as posting a picture of the pair.

'I want to say thanks to my team-mates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas, ' Hegerberg said after lifting the award.

Solveig was playing music throughout the ceremony, and also danced with Hegerberg to Frank Sinatra.

It's no surprise Hegerberg didn't play along with Solveig's ill-conceived attempt at humor. "I share this with Olympique Lyonnais, my teammates, the staff", she beamed after joining men's victor Luka Modric and men's best young player Kylian Mbappe on the stage with her trophy. "And I want to apologize to the ones I may have offended".

The Ballon d'Or, awarded annually by the magazine France Football, was originally created to honour the European player of the year, and has had a history of exclusion. The last player to win it before those two started dominating world soccer awards was Brazil midfielder Kaka with AC Milan in 2007. It did not became a global prize until 2007. "Well, if being a feminist is about fighting so that a woman is treated like a man then yes, I suppose I have". The victor was chosen by a group of 40 voters - a different group than the judges for the men's award. And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke... "Only experts can vote", he said.

"A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football", Hegerberg said.


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